FROM Mary McNamara
TV Roundup: Super Bowl Edition Beyonce performed during the Super Bowl half-time show yesterday – but she didn’t just sing. She also got political. This week in our regular Monday television roundup, we talk about the biggest day in sports and television.
Monday Night Emmys The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is tonight at 5. It’s the first time in decades that the event is held on any day other than a Sunday. Up for awards this year: old favorites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. But can an upstart like Orange is the New Black or Silicon Valley take home the prize? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul in Emmy Promo Video: “Barely Legal Pawn”
Reality Hits Hollywood in More Ways than One Network and Cable TV used to be totally separate worlds. Now NBC is part of the same company as USA, Bravo and Sci-Fi—and Viacom owns both CBS and Showtime. Both networks are now looking to cable to help fill prime time.
Studios Try to Influence Oscar Voters Tomorrow's the last day of voting for this year's Oscars , which will be given out Sunday. In an attempt to curtail campaign spending, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has shortened the season between nominations and Oscar night. Has it worked? What is the role of the Internet? Film critics? Are certain genres more likely to win than others? We hear the latest buzz from Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times and Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and president of the National Society of Film Critics.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?